When I heard they were making a movie about Facebook, I expected it to be a straight documentary.Happily, it wasn’t.That being said, I had pretty high expectations.“The Social Network,” was written by television powerhouse Aaron Sorkin (“The West Wing” and “Studio 60”), directed by David Fischer (Fight Club, Seven and Benjamin Button) and starred both Justin Timberlake and Jesse Eisenberg, who is like Michael Cera, but more versatile.I expected nothing less than pure, unadulterated genius.
Instead, I received a good, entertaining movie.Maybe it’s my fault.Maybe I expected too much from a movie about a social networking site.To be fair, the acting was very good and the writing was excellent.The movie lags a bit in the beginning–the first 10 minutes are literally two characters sitting in a bar, talking–but once Zuckerberg hits his stride, the film does the same.
But don’t enter the movie theater expecting to like Mark Zuckerberg.Sympathize with him, maybe.Dislike him, probably.In my opinion there was only one likeable character in the entire film, and he was the one who was suing his best friend.“The Social Network” is witty, but not laugh-out-loud hysterical, so if you’re looking for a big laugh, don’t look here.
My favorite part of The Social Network was the writing.It’s classic Aaron Sorkin, which should excite fans of “The West Wing.”Get ready for some mile-a-minute conversations, because Jesse Eisenberg speaks FAST.The premise was simple and Zuckerberg’s motivation was elegantly expressed.
Should you pay 12 bucks to see this movie?It’s not a bad investment.It’s an entertaining and engaging film, but there’s nothing in the film that absolutely needs to be seen on a big screen.If you’re hesitant about paying for a movie theater ticket, then wait until it’s out on DVD and get it from Netflix.The story translates just as well on your little TV screen as it does in the theater.
Needless to say, The Social Network is a good movie for college students.Our lives basically revolve around Facebook, so it’s only natural that we’d want to see a movie about it.At its heart, this film is a commentary on the identity of our generation, and I think it communicates this wonderfully.